Wag the Dog

Wag the Dog

  • R
  • 1997
  • 97 min
  • USA
  • comedy, drama

During the final weeks of a presidential race, the President is accused of sexual misconduct. To distract the public until the election, the President's adviser hires a Hollywood producer to help him stage a fake war.

Director: Barry Levinson

Screenwriters: Larry Beinhart, Hilary Henkin, David Mamet

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche

Smart, well-acted, and uncomfortably prescient political satire from director Barry Levinson and and all-star cast.


  • Barry Levinson
    Barry Levinson

    Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942) is an American screenwriter, film director, actor, and producer of film and television. His films include Bugsy, The Natural and Rain Man.

Main Cast


Producer: Robert De Niro, Barry Levinson, Jane Rosenthal

Editor: Stu Linder

Casting: Ellen Chenoweth, Debra Zane

Director Of Photography: Robert Richardson

Original Music Composer: Mark Knopfler

Costume Design: Rita Ryack

Production Design: Wynn Thomas


Tagline: A comedy about truth, justice and other special effects.

Genres: comedy, drama

Certificate: R

Categories: presidential election, political satire, albania, sex scandal, movie business, media adviser


Year: 1997

Runtime: 97 min

Country: USA

Language: English, Albanian

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Sound Mix: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS